DURHAM, N.C. — The Duke men’s basketball program matched a school record last Thursday with four selections in the 2017 NBA Draft. Freshman Jayson Tatum (third overall), sophomore Luke Kennard (12th) and freshman Harry Giles (20th) were each first-round picks, while freshman Frank Jackson (31) was the first pick in the second round.
This week we will be reflecting back on some of the highlights that helped each of these players garner a spot in the NBA.
Jayson Tatum: Selected by the Boston Celtics, the St. Louis, MO native shined as a freshman at Duke, averaging 16.8 points and 7.3 rebounds for the Blue Devils in 2016-17, ranking second on the team and among ACC freshmen in both categories. He shot .452 from the floor and .849 from the free throw line in 33.3 minutes per game.